Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
2012 ORV Permits Go On Sale December 16
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The 2012 Off-road Vehicle (ORV) permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will go on sale Friday, December 16. Once purchased, permits are valid through January, 31 2013. Permits did not sell out in 2011, therefore, there is no need to submit lottery requests. 2012 permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewal forms should not be submitted until after December 16.
If your ORV is required to be inspected you may obtain permits at the ORV Office located at the Oasis Visitor Center. If your vehicle does not require an inspection you may submit your renewal request and payment by following the guidance on the ORV Permit Renewal Form at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/upload/2012-13-ORV-Permit-Renewal-Form.pdf
We remind all ORV permitees that travel in the backcountry is along designated trails only. Travel off designated trails will result in permit suspension and possible fines. For more information on the designated trail network go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/designated-trail-implementation.htm
For more information on ORV permitting and use in the Preserve go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm, or contact the ORV Office at 239-695-1205.
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.